Baseball Prepares for Final Home Series, Faces Oakland
Thursday, May 17, 2007




Justin Huff is one of seven seniors
who take the field one final time
at Shehee Stadium

CENTENARY

(23-28, 6-10 Mid-Con)

vs.

OAKLAND

(19-31, 4-12 Mid-Con)

 

May 18-20, 2007

Shehee Stadium

Shreveport, La.

 

PROBABLE CENTENARY STARTING PITCHERS

Friday: Brandon Fulenchek, LHP

Saturday: Will Kaage, RHP and Jeremy Sheehan, RHP

Sunday: Johnny Noland, LHP

 

FINAL STAND

Seven Centenary baseball seniors prepare to compete in their final home series of their collegiate careers, as the Gents (23-28, 6-10) host Oakland University (19-31, 4-12) in four-game series at Shehee Stadium.

 

The series between Centenary and Oakland is set to begin with a 6 p.m. game Friday, continuing with a noon doubleheader Saturday. The four-game set is scheduled to conclude with a single game Sunday at noon.

 

SEVEN PREPARE FOR FINAL SERIES

Seven Gent players take to the Shehee Stadium field for one final series this weekend against Oakland.

 

Justin Darr, Brandon Fulenchek, Justin Huff, Will Kaage, David McElroy, Nate Santiago and Matt Webb all play their final series at Shehee Stadium.

 

All have been a part of Centenary teams that qualified for the Mid-Con Tournament, all having an influence on the Gents in the current season.

 

In past seasons, Darr and McElroy have been named to All-Mid-Con teams, while Fulenchek is a two-time All-Mid-Con Tournament Team member.

 

GENTS LOOK FOR BOUNCE BACK

Centenary struggled in last weekend’s series at Oral Roberts, swept in the four-game series against the Mid-Con leaders.

 

In last weekend’s series, the Gents were outscored, 37-8, finishing the weekend with a .171 team batting average in the four games.

 

Junior Teddy Saenz led Centenary at the plate with four hits in the four games at ORU, finishing the weekend with a .250 average.

 

Saenz currently leads the team with a .316 average in overall games, registering 30 RBI. Leading the Gents with 138 assists, Saenz has 31 runs scored and a .414 slugging percentage.

 

He has a team-high 14 doubles with 72 total bases.

 

Right behind Saenz in batting, senior Matt Webb. The leader in on-base percentage in the Mid-Con (.527), Webb hit his team-leading sixth home run of the season last weekend against Oral Roberts, standing with 22 RBI this season.

 

This season, Webb is hitting .311 and a .536 slugging percentage, scoring a team-leading 48 runs.

 

In Mid-Con games, senior Justin Huff and freshman Garrett DeRooy are tied for the team lead in hitting, both standing with .327 averages.

 

Huff leads the Gents with 16 RBI in 16 conference games this season, sitting with a team-leading .436 slugging percentage during the conference season. DeRooy has nine RBI and a .379 on-base percentage in conference games.

 

As a team, Centenary has a .281 team batting average to stand third in the conference.

 

STAFF LOOKS FOR REDEMPTION

Struggling at Oral Roberts last weekend, the Centenary pitching staff looks to redeem itself in this weekend’s series against Oakland.

 

The Gents allowed an average of 9.3 runs per game in the four games in Tulsa last weekend, finishing the series with a 10.20 team ERA.

 

The Game 1 starter against Oakland, senior Brandon Fulenchek stands tied for the conference lead with eight wins this season.

 

Fulenchek (8-3) leads the Mid-Con in innings pitched this season (91.0), leading the Gents with 53 strikeouts in 14 starts. He leads all Gent starters with a 3.36 ERA, standing with a 4-1 record in his last seven starts.

 

Senior Will Kaage and junior Jeremy Sheehan get the Game 2 and Game 3 starts for the Gents, respectively.

 

Kaage comes into this weekend with a 2-6 record and a 7.35 ERA, starting the nine-inning game for the Gents Saturday. Starting 11 games this season, Kaage takes the mound for one final start this weekend against the Golden Grizzlies, representing one of seven seniors who play their final series at Shehee Stadium.

 

Sheehan stands fourth in the conference with 73 1/3 innings pitched this season, tied for fourth in the Mid-Con with six wins. The junior right-hander carries a 5.28 ERA and a 6-5 record into this weekend’s series with Oakland, carrying the best strikeout-to-walk ratio of any Centenary starting pitcher (1.94).

 

Junior Johnny Noland starts Sunday’s series finale for Centenary. Noland, a left-hander, comes into this weekend with a 5.07 ERA and a 2-6 record. He stands fifth in the Mid-Con in opponents batting average (.273), starting 10 games this season for the Gents.

 

In the pen, freshman Dakota Robinson continues to develop in his rookie season. Robinson leads all relief pitchers in the Mid-Con with 25 appearances this season, standing with a 2-4 record and one save in middle relief.

 

In conference play, Robinson has made eight appearances. In 18 2/3 innings, the freshman lefty has a 0.96 ERA with 10 strikeouts to zero walks. He is holding opponents to a .212 batting average this season.

 

Junior Aaron Bronson stands tied for first in the conference with five saves this season. Bronson has made 21 appearances out of the pen, standing with a 2-2 record with a 4.66 ERA.

 

Since entering conference play, sophomore Derek Bross has made six appearances, including one start. Bross has 17 innings pitched to his credit in Mid-Con play, standing with a 6.30 ERA.

 

Senior David McElroy has 16 relief appearances with two saves in long relief.

 

As a team, Centenary has a 5.06 team ERA.  

 

GOING FOR FOUR

The Gents look for a strong showing against Oakland this weekend, looking to make the Mid-Con Baseball Championships for a fourth consecutive season.

 

Standing tied for third in the conference heading into the weekend, Centenary needs to win 2-of-4 games to clinch a berth in the Mid-Con Tournament, although the team will not be satisfied with a .500 record in the four-game series.

 

In other conference action this weekend, Valparaiso hosts Southern Utah in a four-game series.

 

Both teams stand tied with Centenary for third in the conference, although the Gents own the tiebreaker over Southern Utah.

 

SCOUTING OAKLAND

The Golden Grizzlies continue to be a very dangerous team in the conference, having won 3-of-4 games against Valparaiso last weekend.

 

Now 4-12 in conference play with an outside shot of making the conference tournament, Oakland leads the Mid-Con with a .307 team batting average, also standing first in the conference with a .392 team on-base percentage.

 

Sophomore infielder Andrew Stafford leads the team with a .360 average this season, registering 39 RBI in 49 games. Stafford leads the Mid-Con in batting this season, standing second with a .464 on-base percentage.

 

Right behind Stafford in batting, sophomore outfielder Justin Wilson has a .350 average with a team-high 64 hits and 43 runs scored. In 50 games, Wilson has 29 RBI with a .486 slugging percentage.

 

Catcher Kevin Carkeek leads the Golden Grizzlies with 41 RBI, batting .333 this season.

 

On the mound, junior Matt Trausch leads all Oakland starters with five wins and a 4.92 ERA. In his last outing, Trausch earned a complete-game victory over Valparaiso May 12. He allowed just six hits and one run in the win, striking out seven without a walk.

 

Senior Dan Dobberowsky has a 3-2 record in 17 appearances this season. A starter in five games, Dobberowsky has a 6.18 ERA while holding opponents to a .265 batting average. He earned a complete-game shutout in the Golden Grizzlies 4-0 win over Valparaiso May 12.

 

Out of the pen, junior Mike Takashima leads the team with two saves in 17 appearances. Standing with a 4.67 ERA and a 1-4 record, Takashima is holding opponents to a .304 batting average.

As a team, the Golden Grizzlies have a 7.18 team ERA.

 

In their last game, Oakland fell to Bowling Green by a score of 15-3 in eight innings.

 

AT HOME

Centenary is batting .322 as a team at Shehee Stadium in conference play.

 

Through four home Mid-Con games this season, junior Alex Maldonado has a .500 batting average to lead the Gents, standing with a team-high .571 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. Maldonado has two RBI in the four games.

 

Senior designated hitter Justin Darr leads the team with seven hits in home conference games, batting .467 with a team-high four RBI. Darr also leads the Gents with seven total bases.

 

As a team, Centenary has outscored its opponents in home conference games by a 20-13 margin.

 

HUFF HEATS UP IN MID-CON

Amongst the conference leaders with 16 RBI in Mid-Con games, senior Justin Huff continues to spark the Gent offense this season.

 

Huff leads all Centenary players with 19 multiple-hit games this season, standing atop the Gent roster with 56 hits. Starting all 51 games, Huff has a .287 average in overall games while hitting a team-high .327 in Mid-Con games.

 

Over 50 percent of his RBI this season have come in conference play.

 

WEBB CONTINUES TO LEAD NATION

Now the Mid-Con record holder for walks in a single season, senior outfielder Matt Webb continues to lead the nation in walks and walks per game after 51 games. This season, Webb has registered 59 walks, averaging 1.16 walks per game.

 

He stands as the Mid-Con leader with a .527 on-base percentage, also standing as the conference leader with 22 stolen bases.

 

THREE AMONGST TOP 100

Led by senior infielder Nate Santiago, three Centenary players rank amongst the top 100 players nationally in sacrifice hits.

 

Santiago stands tied for 35th in the nation with 10 sacrifice hits in 40 games, averaging 0.3 sacrifices per game.

 

Joining Santiago in the national rankings for sacrifices are juniors Alex Maldonado and Calvin Sanchez. Both have 10 sacrifices in 49 games.

 

MALDONADO LEADS CATCHERS

Starting 49 of 51 games behind the plate for Centenary, junior Alex Maldonado leads all Mid-Con catchers with a 219 putouts, 38 assists and a .988 fielding percentage.

 

Maldonado has the most starts at catcher in the conference, batting .276 with 29 RBI. He has a .319 batting average in Mid-Con games this season.

 

TWO MAKE PITCHING DEBUTS

Juniors Jason Blilie and Tim Kelleher both made their pitching debuts for the Gents last weekend against Oral Roberts.

 

Blilie made two relief appearances over the weekend, allowing three hits while striking out one.

 

Kelleher pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, allowing three hits.